Mandel Program for Local Leadership in Yeruham and Ramat Hanegev
The Mandel Program for Local Leadership in Yeruham and Ramat Hanegev aims to develop high-quality leaders to improve many aspects of life in and around Yeruham and Ramat Hanegev
The Mandel Program for Local Leadership in Yeruham and Ramat Hanegev is designed to train a high-quality group of leaders who will be able to develop and advance the region, and thus improve the quality of life of residents of Yeruham and its environs and residents of the Ramat Hanegev regional council.
The group includes 19 fellows in total (12 from Yeruham, one from Rakhama, and six from communities in Ramat Hanegev) and is very diverse in terms of age, gender, occupation, and education. This heterogeneity is a true reflection of the diverse populations of Yeruham and Ramat Hanegev. The fellows were selected based on their social engagement and commitment, their desire to lead change, and their willingness to take responsibility for their environment.
The two-year program is focused on helping fellows clarify their worldview and framework of values, formulate their vision accordingly, and develop their ability to realize their vision. Emphasis is placed on the power of collaboration, both during studies and in the world of practice.
The program combines in-depth theoretical study of key content areas with development of practical skills and abilities. The content areas of the program include identity and values, space and place, planning and policy, and leadership and practice, while the main practical abilities that fellows develop include interpersonal communication and understanding, clear writing, and verbal expression.
The program uses a range of learning methods, including frontal lectures, discussions, collaborative text study, workshops to process content studied, individual projects, workshops on group dynamics, outdoor training, and group retreats.
The Mandel Program for Local Leadership in Yeruham and Ramat Hanegev was launched in September 2016 and will conclude in July 2018. It is directed by Dr. Itzhak (Kiki) Aharonovich and Dr. Eliezer Malkiel. Following the completion of the program, the fellows will join the community of graduates of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the Negev (MCLN) and participate in follow-up programs.